A retired Houston space legal professional is on the opposite aspect of the regulation, accused of allegedly delivering drug-laced papers to the Harris County Jail and inflicting the demise of two inmates, based on Harris County authorities.
Officers say Ronald Lewis, 77, is now dealing with two fees of getting a banned substance in a correctional facility.
Authorities mentioned Lewis had 11 sheets of paper in his possession when he was arrested on Friday, November 17 on the Harris County Jail.
These papers at the moment are being examined by the Texas Rangers for affirmation of narcotics, officers mentioned.
In keeping with courtroom paperwork, at the least two inmates died on account of the substances that Lewis allegedly introduced into the jail and several other different inmates reported having extreme uncomfortable side effects.
“The laced sheets of mail had been usually disguised as authorized mail or different types of authorized paperwork. Inmates would pay the attorneys $200 to $500 to herald the laced papers,” mentioned Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace Lt. J Wheeler throughout a press convention.
Courtroom paperwork recognized the substance as methoxy dimethyl oxobutane.
“Mr. Lewis visited 14 inmates from July 2023 till November 2023. Through the investigation, roughly 154 sheets of paper had been believed to be laced with narcotics and confiscated,” Lt. Wheeler continued.
In keeping with a prosecutor with the Harris County District Legal professional’s Workplace, the connection between the inmates and Lewis is unclear.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tells Fox 26 he created a activity pressure to struggle crime and harmful narcotics contained in the jail in March after receiving backlash for a rise in jail deaths.
Gonzalez added that the jail has additionally tightened numerous safety measures, together with including three drug sniffing canines and implementing stricter protocols for jail mail.
In keeping with Harris County authorities, 27 inmates died in 2022 and thus far, 19 have died in 2023.
Jail data present that Lewis posted a $7,500 bond on Saturday and, as a part of his bond situations, he’s banned from visiting anybody on the jail whereas the case is pending.